In 1938, a young German rocket enthusiast named Wernher von Braun had dreams of building a rocket that could fly him to the moon. In Ray, North Dakota, a young farm girl named Mary Sherman was attending high school. In an age when girls rarely dreamed of a career in science, Mary wanted to be a chemist. A decade later the dreams of these two disparate individuals would coalesce in ways neither could have imagined.
Ashley Stroupe, PhD, foreword contributor to Rocket Girl, will be joining the author for a Q & A session during the event. Ms. Stroupe is a robotics engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 2005, she became the first woman to remotely drive a vehicle on another planetary body. She is currently the only woman trained as a Mars Rover pilot.